The Rural Patriot

July 30, 2006

Weekly News Roundup – 7/30

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 11:28 am

In case you may have missed any of these articles! Covering mainly Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, but WNY regional, state, and national topics of interest are also added.

Spitzer, Suozzi claim to be true reformers at debate
NEW YORK – The two Democrats running for governor spent the hour in their first and likely only debate trying to outmuscle each other for bragging rights to who is the true government reformer and fiscal disciplinarian capable of righting state government.

Loss of state computer spurs identity theft fears
ALBANY – The names, addresses and Social Security numbers of as many as 540,000 injured workers have been lost, and the state and its contracted company are trying to protect the workers from identity theft.

Courts can require classes for parents
 NEW YORK (AP) – A change in rules will allow state judges to require parents involved in custody or visitation disputes to take classes aimed at teaching them how to help children cope with the stress of family separation and conflict. 

Insurance savings could hit $500,000
BELMONT — Allegany County legislators took steps Monday to save the county nearly half a million dollars in health insurance costs for its employees.

New airline could land at Bradford Airport by August 28th
BRADFORD, PA — …The U.S. Department of Transportation selected RegionsAir to service Bradford and nearby Jamestown, N.Y., on March 21 after Colgan – a US Airways Express carrier – had announced last fall that it was looking to renegotiate its two-year contract with the DOT under EAS due to an increase in fuel prices and a decline in passenger levels.

The final decision by DOT eventually came down to money; the federal government would have to pay a higher subsidy to Colgan to fly into Washington under EAS. Bradford Airport officials had chosen Washington as its choice for a hub city.

June’s floods cost New York farmers $40 million in lost crops, property
FULTONVILLE – State agriculture officials and farmers said Friday the heavy rains and massive flooding that hit the Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley last month destroyed 290,000 acres of crops and cost farmers at least $40 million in damaged land and equipment and lost production.

Skip White House bid, Pataki, Bloomberg told
ALBANY (AP) – The vast majority of New York voters say the state’s top elected Republicans, Gov. George Pataki and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, should not run for president in 2008, a statewide poll reported Friday. 

Assessment finds need for repairs at dams
LITTLE VALLEY – Repairs are needed at some of the flood-control dams in the Ischua Creek and Conewango Creek watersheds, according to federal and state engineers. Meanwhile, a breach analysis on a dam on Laidlaw Road in Farmersville found it doesn’t meet regulations.

GOP seeking campaign diversions
Republicans are running scared this year. You can tell by the crackpot legislation they’re introducing in a cynical – and insulting – effort to stir up the conservative base.

Bush stem cell veto cruel, misleading
…Yet with a staged backdrop that was as hypocritical as it was arrogant, Bush used the first veto of his presidency to put a kibosh on funding more stem cell research. This, despite 63 yes votes in the Senate and 70 percent of Americans in favor of it….

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